Pakistan’s chief selector, Mohsin Khan, has deferred a decision on whether or not he will resign from his post and will instead meet the PCB in an effort to resolve differences that arose after the selection of Pakistan’s 15-man Test squad for the West Indies.
Khan cancelled a press conference he had scheduled for Wednesday following a series of releases from the PCB, the first of which said that any such press conference – without prior permission from the board – would be a violation of a code of conduct. A second statement was released shortly after, at the designated time of Khan’s press conference, which said he had been asked to meet with the board on Thursday in Lahore, where he can discuss any issues he might have about team selection.
The board contacted Khan on Wednesday after his stance became public. Khan threatened to quit his post over the selection on Tuesday, saying he would make an announcement on his future.
It remains unclear who Khan has an issue with and over what particular selections; one board official admitted to ESPNcricinfo they were also unaware of the nature of the problem. Speculation centres on the surprise dropping of wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal from the Test squad, despite impressive performances in the preceding four Tests.
A reference has been made in one release to the procedure for squads being selected and the board said it was happy that procedure was followed. It is also understood that the relationship between Ijaz Butt, the board chairman, and Khan remains healthy, at least until this development.
Butt has authority, as chairman, to change selections and has the final sign-off on it. The board said that once the squad for the series had been approved by the chairman and submitted, Khan had been given the chance to meet Butt and explain his point of view. According to the first statement, Khan said he could not meet with the chairman as his wife was ill.
There is also a reference made in the first release to the on-tour selection committee – of coach, captain and manager – and its independence from the main selection committee. There have been suggestions of differences between the two over some selections.